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Biography of a Slave; Being the Experiences of Rev. Charles Thompson, a Preacher of the United Brethren Church, While a Slave in the South
			
60           BIOGRAPHY OF A SLAVE.
assist me than hinder me in my efforts to make
Christians of the blacks.  I cared nothing for
the manual labor I had to do, if I could only
be placed in a position to do my great Master's
work. His work was my life-labor. On this
particular account I was very careful who I
applied to. In a day or two I applied to Mr.
Dansley, whose plantation was about eight-
een miles from Wilson's, and who had been
recommended to me as being the kind of man
I was hunting for.  Mr. Dansley questioned me
closely, and examined me as to my reasons for
wanting to hire out, and why my master wished
me to hire out when there was plenty of work
on his own place for me to do. I confessed
frankly that I could read and write, and knew
something about figures, and was desirous to
serve God and do his work by preaching, and
in every other way in my power; that my master
was afraid that I would demoralize his other
slaves by learning them to read and write and
by preaching to them, and in order that I might
not do that he wanted me off the plantation;
that he could not sell me because I was the
property of his wife, and that she would not
consent to have me sold out of the family.
"If those are faults, as considered by Mr. Wil-
son, I am verywell satisfied that you will per-




			
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